Welcome to the World of Electric Bikes

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

If you are new to electric bikes then this article will help you get a quick understanding of what electric bikes are all about.

You will learn about;

  • the reasons to have an e-bike,
  • how fast and how far they go,
  • how much they cost,
  • the different types of e-bikes,
  • what the future of e-bike looks like,
  • and how to checkout electric bikes in your town/city.

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European Electric Bike Tour: The Perks of Riding an E-Bike – Part 2

european electric bike tour bike signThis is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Here is Part 1.

E-bikes are very popular all over Europe and many of the myriad of bike tour operators offer an e-bike option, usually at an additional cost, but obviously there aren’t too many unsupported tourers using e-bikes as yet, but for me, this has been a positive.

My e-bike attracts a great deal of interest and this in turn often helps me out.

On (attempting) to leave Croatia some days ago I rode down a [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Part 1

european electric bike tour 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike.

My idea of a good vacation is to take my bike somewhere different for a month or so and ride, mostly solo, mostly unsupported.

Over the years I’ve taken my bike all over the world, but it’s becoming harder and harder to take a bike on a plane and as I’m an Australian, there’s no viable alternative to flying.

Now that I’ve retired from full-time work I have more time to enjoy bike touring but also less reason to incur the stress involved in flying with a bike, so this time, I left my bike at home and bought a new bike when I arrived in Europe. [Read more…]

The Copenhagen Electric Bike Share Program: Bycyklen [VIDEOS]

Copenhagen electric bike share program station 2Leave it to Copenhagen, Denmark to launch a highly advanced electric bike sharing program!

Their new e-bike share program offers a look at the future of urban transportation for the rest of us.

The Bycyklen e-bike share program provides a way for Copenhagen commuters to use the bikes for their whole commute or to use them for the first/last mile connection when used with mass transit.

They are also promoting the program to tourists as a fun way to get around and experience the city in true Copenhagen [Read more…]

Survey Says: Electric Bikes Enable More People to Ride Bikes, More Often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often! Photo credit to Turbo Bob.

The results are in from a recent electric bike survey: 55% of those surveyed had ridden a traditional bike weekly or daily.  That jumped to 93% after they bought an e-bike!

6% of those surveyed had not ridden a bike as an adult.  With an electric bike, 89% of those now ride daily or weekly!

Those are just a few of the stats from an e-bike survey that was directed by John MacArthur, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).  John is also a research associate at  [Read more…]

Electric Bike Touring: 3,300 Miles from Seattle WA to Washington D.C. on a Pedego Interceptor

Cathy Rogers and her Pedego Interceptor electric bike. Ready to ride 3,300 miles!

Cathy Rogers and her Pedego Interceptor electric bike. Ready to ride 3,300 miles!

Cathy Rogers, 57, of Pittsburgh, PA will be riding her Pedego Interceptor electric bike 3,300 miles in The Big Ride Across America!

Cathy and 13 other riders will raise $6,500 each and ride from the Seattle WA area to Washington D.C. in support of the American Lung Association.

The Big Ride Across America will take place from June 16 to August 2, with 40 days of riding and 8 days of rest.

The tour will go through Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and then to DC. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Touring: 80 Year Old to Ride 2,500 Miles on an Easy Motion NEO Jet!

John Moss electric bike touring

John Moss will ride his Easy Motion Neo Jet 2,500 miles from Washington State to Ohio!

What a great adventure; 2,500 miles of electric bike touring from Washington State to Ohio on an Easy Motion NEO Jet!

At 80 years old, John Moss will start his cross country adventure on June 4th and finish in Ohio around September 1st, 2014.

John is a Korean War veteran who started cycling at age 62 and he has biked across the US several times; including a tour from Yukon to Alaska.

John selected the Easy Motion NEO Jet electric bike for his journey because of it’s low top tube (among other features), which makes getting on/off a heavily loaded touring bike easier.

Mr. Moss will be riding around 60 miles a day, [Read more…]

5 Reasons Why E-Bikes Are Safer Than Regular Bikes

Brett Thurber The New Wheel electric bike shopThis is a guest post from Brett Thurber, co-owner of The New Wheel electric bike shop in San Francisco, CA.

Biking in San Francisco can be a hair raising experience for even the most grizzled cycling veteran.

Aggressive motorists, gnarly hills, and the ever present train tracks are just a few of the obstacles that a cyclist faces on a daily basis.

For some, these obstacles are what make riding in the city such a thrill. For others, they represent a barrier to biking that is hard to overcome mentally or physically. Enter the electric bike: a more versatile, easier to use, and safer option. [Read more…]

Why I Sold My Car for an Electric Bike

 

This is an inspiring article by Arjun Adamson.  The original post of it is located here.

My reasonings for smarter transportation.

After living in San Francisco for 3 years, I decided it was time to remove the last facet of my life from Los Angeles, my 2005 Mini Cooper. To replace my primary mode of transport, I bought a Kalkhoff electric bike.

Why did I want to get rid of my car? [Read more…]

Life With An Electric Assist Cargo Bike – Part 1

This is part one of a multi-part story: Why an electric cargo bike, and how do you build one of these? – By Paul Willerton.

Earlier in my life, I was a bicycle racer. From about the age of 10 until 30, most waking moments were spent trying to figure out how to go faster on a bicycle. That ended nearly 15 years ago. At that time, cargo bikes weren’t seen on the roads, let alone electric assist cargo bikes. So why now, in my mid 40’s, was I interested in such a machine?

For starters, I need to keep moving my body. With kids, jobs, hobbies, social lives and everything that goes with that, I don’t have the time – nor do I want to – ride a standard bicycle for [Read more…]